Wednesday, February 26, 2014

God Is Not Punitive, But Karma’s Still a Bitch!

 Lotus symbolically represents karma in many Asian traditions. A blooming lotus flower is one of the few flowers that simultaneously carries seeds inside itself while it blooms. Seed is symbolically seen as cause, the flower effect. Lotus is also considered as a reminder that one can grow, share good karma and remain unstained even in muddy circumstances.

Pretty bold title huh? Today’s topic is pretty bold already and I’m making constant strides to put an end to sugar-coating stuff as if I work for Willy Wonka.
Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म; IPA: [ˈkarmə] ( listen); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed;[1] it also refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.[2] Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

 For myself, like most people, karma is known as that little bitch that comes right along and bites you in the ass for your wrong doings. Don’t be a bad girl and you’ll end up swearing that karma is repaying you for every single thing that you have ever done wrong in your whole life ALL AT ONCE! Or, karma can be like a heavenly angel so-to-speak that swoops in and blesses you for all of your random acts of kindness.

This is the more religious perspective of the matter. A universal judge who’s watching down on every last one of us reigning and raining fire and fury on the supposed ‘bad guys’ while pouring manna and honey down from heaven for those who have behaved.
My question is, if Christ is to judge us all at the Great Tribulation for all of our deeds done on Earth in this life, whether good or bad, then why is it necessary to be judged by the ‘universe’ each and every day of our lives?

This leads me to two options. Either:

1. Christ’s return to rule over Earth is fictional. Which I will NEVER EVER EVER BELIEVE it to be!
2. Society has gotten the wrong idea of what karma really is.

I believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and I also believe in his return as The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Therefore, I will choose option #2.

If karma was real in that sense then why do so many wicked people get ahead in life?
Organized religion (in this case, Christianity but also Buddhism & Hinduism) teaches us that Satan uses the wicked and tempts them just like he tempted Christ while on Earth. He offers them anything that their heart desires. This is exactly why so many spiritual/religious teachers as well as followers somehow feel as though being rich/wealthy is something sinful or that God is not so pleased with.

The thing is though, the evil, nasty, cruel, vile, wicked, hateful people always get what’s coming to them. Is it karma? I wonder why! Christ teaches us that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This is one of the most basic of laws. The reason is that what goes around does come around but we bring around what we sent out.

The universe can’t or won’t judge a mentally retarded person who just killed someone by accident as a murderer or a bad guy! It can’t, because in truth, the man had/has no idea what a gun even is or how to properly use one. Heck, he isn’t even sure of what he just did at all! Just as the universe or God cannot judge a single mother of a young baby who’s unemployed for stealing formula for her starving child as a bad person. I do believe that they both WILL be judged, just not until it is time.
What most of us see as karma, good or bad, is simply CONSEQUENCES! Basically, it is the essence of the Law of Attraction or cause and effect.

If a guy (I’ll call him Timmy) is mean-spirited, abrasive, perverted, abusive, hateful, power hungry and spiteful all or most of his days, he may be able to fool others and ‘get over’ on people for a long time. He may oppress, abuse verbally, emotionally and even physically. He’s a cheap and selfish bastard nearly at the end of his rope. There will come a time when all of it comes crashing to an end. Word begins to spread of his mean ways, he hurts more people as time goes on and now even more people want to exact revenge. Those who may have helped in the past out of pity for his family or for whatever reasons may then start to pull away because of time. Time has made the children all grow up and move out. Time has also given those who suffered in silence the courage to stand up and speak out once and for all. For years the only energy that Timmy has put forth into his surroundings and the universe was negative and hateful. Now, like a just employer, the universe gives him back what he has put out. Not punishment. Not judgment. Just attraction baby!
“Like attracts like.”

The same thing goes for a middle-aged woman, whom I’ll call Gladys. Gladys is a kind soul to all she knows. She would give her last. Soft-spoken, approachable, friendly, loving and righteous. The people in her community know of her generosity and words spreads quickly if she’s ever in a state of need, which rarely happens. People know things about her that fast because she has a team of colleagues that just randomly stop by to check on her. Gladys has such a happy, upbeat spirit that people just enjoy being in her company and can tell when she’s off a notch. They want to go out of their way to help her because they know that she would do it for them in a heartbeat. This is by no means her ‘reward’ for all her good behaviour and her kind heart. It is what she has attracted into her life. The positive, loving energy that she put out into the world/universe returns the favour. 

Little old, evil Timmy may not really be a ‘bad guy’. This may just be all that he knows. He’s grown up feeling hopeless, powerless and defenseless therefore, this has now become him. This is his own way of gaining and maintaining control of any power that he has. It’s now all that he knows. He’s clung desperately to this image of who he is is now can’t let go. Inevitably, Timmy will get what’s been coming to him because you can only be a bully for so long and beat up so many people before you meet your match!

Good deeds aren’t ‘rewarded’ here on Earth in the sense that many of us have been led to believe. Gladys knows that her good deeds weren’t between her and the people that she helped although it sure made both of them feel good. It was between her and God. She didn’t do good expecting to be blessed NOW. Rather, her good deeds put her soul in good standing with her Creator for her ‘new life’ that’s to come.
Good things and bad happen to everyone!

The bad are already punishing themselves if you ask me because they are removed from who they really are and who they really are meant to be. In our natural state, we are pure love. But can they change? Absolutely! What really bites is that it usually takes something major happening in their life to get them to make that dramatic shift. Sometimes they may appear happy on the surface, glossing everything over in their little devilish world until one day, they get honest with themselves and realize just how miserable they were. Sometimes I believe that people like this truly envy those who can be  happy and would try anything within their power to sabotage it because it’s too internally painful for them to watch.

Believing in karma in the old way did however make me feel good. To know that ALL the wrong that people have done to me in the past would come back at them. I never thought about what I’ve done to others and when I did, I would be stunned and assume, “that must be why I’m going through hard times!” I know better now! This doesn’t mean that we have free rights to do wrong. “For every action, there is an equal or opposite reaction.” Not judgment – A reaction. If I steal, not only do I run the risk of being caught and labeled a thief, but I also cause profit loss for the store-owner and price hikes for other consumers. The store may even be forced to closed down eventually then everyone loses! Actions & reactions my friends. You have the power to choose.

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